After starring at Clemson, Beer signed with the Astros with the 28th overall pick in 2018 for $2.25M. He had a stellar pro debut, hitting his way all the way to Advanced A Buies Creek. I caught a look at the slugging lefty in the Carolina League playoffs.
Beer DH’d all four games after splitting time in the OF and 1B this season. Beer’s glove is in question, and after seeing him play first base with Team USA in 2017, I project LF to be his long-term defensive home. Beer’s bat got him drafted, and with the defensive profile, he will have to hit to find a lineup spot in the future. He has plus raw power with a well-timed swing, where a mix of brute strength and above-average batspeed give plenty of ability to drive the ball. He showed the power in games to the opposite field, and even when he lengthens his cut for power, there’s bat control that allows him to make contact. I saw him continuing to adjust to good spin at the pro level, but Beer has feel for the zone and projects to consistently draw walks. He lets the ball travel and makes all field contact, shortening up but still able to impact the ball with two strikes.
The tools to be an above-average hitter and power producer are here. That plays everyday on an outfield corner, and so long as he’s enough of a defender to avoid DH-only status, Beer can be an everyday corner bat in the big leagues.